L’Ecole No. 41 2012 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Luminesce, Walla Walla Valley, $19

By on February 7, 2014

l'ecole-no-41-estate-luminesce-2012-bottleThis historic schoolhouse in Lowden, Wash., continues to teach the Pacific Northwest on working with Semillon and white Bordeaux blends, and winemaker Mike Sharon took advantage of a phenomenal vintage with their proprietary blend of Semillon (61%) and Sauvignon Blanc. A judicious use of French oak makes for aromas of lemon zest, dusty pear, apricot, sweet herbs, a hint of lightly buttered toast. Inside is a rich entry of baked apple, butterscotch and vanilla with pleasing creaminess and delicious late-arriving acidity. Enjoy with calamari, crab, oysters and shrimp salad.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,260 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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